Meanwhile, many right-wingers have predictably tried to obscure debate over the real issue at hand by focusing on the leak rather than the possible abuse of executive power. PowerLine angrily declared "throw 'em in the slammer" when the Justice Department launched its investigation last week. Of course, the administration has known about the leak for a year now, and only just now launched its investigation. My dad raises this point in a Sunday letter to Byron Calame of the Times:
You missed a crucial point about the timing of the Justice Department's opening of "an investigation into the disclosure of classified information about the eavesdropping." If the Bush administration knew about this leak for a year, why didn't the president ask the Justice Department to probe the leak back then?
How is national security better served now by going into what a possible whistle-blower did a year ago? Hasn't the damage already been done? The investigation now reeks of political opportunism, as opposed to genuine national security concerns.
Germantown, Md., Jan. 3, 2006
To me, looking into the identity of the government whistleblowers is trivial compared to a thorough investigation into the legality of the domestic surveillance program. Let's see some answers on that front.
"Spying Storm Will Blow Over" (December 30, 2005)
"Spy Games" (December 21, 2005)